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Avoid mosquito bites

Protect yourself against mosquito bites.  Not only are they irritating, mozzie bites can also spread disease.

Different types of disease-carrying mosquitoes can bite at different times of the day, so it's important to be vigilant at all times.

  • ŸInstall or repair insect screens on all doors and windows, especially in sleeping areas. Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, to protect against mosquito bites.
    • Read and follow all directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially for infants. As a general rule, repellent is not recommended for infants under the age of two months (babies under two months can be protected with light coloured clothing covering their arms and legs).
    • For young children, apply just enough repellent to cover exposed skin, re-apply every four hours and avoid applying repellent to a child's hands or near their eyes or mouth. Do not allow children under five years to apply repellent to themselves.
  • Wear long, loose clothing to help protect yourself from bites (light coloured clothes are best).
  • Use a plug-in insecticide vaporiser (indoors) or mosquito coils (outdoors).
  • Use a mosquito net when camping.

Read more in the Guide to personal protection strategies (PDF, 1.92MB)

Read more about mosquito control around the home

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Last updated
21 September 2016

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